Secondary infertility causes are often as mysterious as unexplained infertility. Secondary infertility is just as emotionally painful as primary infertility. In some ways one could argue it’s even more painful than primary infertility as couples are more reluctant to seek help. Between 30-40 percent of couples seeking help for infertility are experiencing secondary infertility. Somehow we assume, just because we got pregnant once it’ll happen again. Unfortunately, just because you were fertile 3 years ago doesn’t guarantee you’re fertile now.
Often when I’m coaching a couple for infertility, and the focus shifts from her to him, the couple will more than happily tell me that ‘his sperm is good, he had a test 10 years ago’. From the fertility point of view ten years is a very, very long time. You can make your body more or less fertile in as little as 120 days. Taking this into account, three times a year your fertility could change from optimal to suboptimal.
The number one factor I look for when consulting my clients with secondary infertility is ‘what has changed?’. This could be changes in the cycle (length, bleeding (lighter, more perfuse, clots etc…) frequency, pain), changes in the diet, changes in lifestyle and sleeping routine (this is ALWAYS the case, as the newborn baby pushes each couple’s life routine off track), changes in stress levels, health changes, age related changes and so on.
Usually there are many aspects of a couple’s life which have changed for better or worse and which have indirectly affected their ability to get pregnant again. Once the changes have been identified it’s easier to understand what this change means for your fertility.
Secondary Infertility Causes
It takes approximately two to three years for a woman’s body to regain it’s energy and nutrient reserves to be able to ‘fund’ another pregnancy. And this is only the case if you actively look after your nutrition and supplement with good quality vitamins and minerals. Many couples feel the time is not on their side or want to create a playmate for their child asap. Following up with another pregnancy too soon after the first can often lead to miscarriages. Miscarriages are not only emotionally stressful but place another nutrient and energy dent in an already depleted body.
Think of your body as a fertile ground in which a new seed will sprout. If you have a garden or tend to your plants at home or the office, you will know that the soil will need to be fertilized with nutrients each spring or every so often in order for the plant to keep producing flowers or fruit. Your body is no different.
4 Step Plan for Overcoming Secondary Infertility
What are your thoughts? Are you experiencing secondary infertility? If so have you undertaken any steps to address it? I would love to hear from you!
Iva Keene is co-founder, creator and award-winning author of the NFP Program and director of Natural-Fertility-Prescription.com. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Health Science in Naturopathy and a Master Degree in Reproductive Medicine. She has been a qualified and internationally accredited Naturopathic Physician for over 15 years. Since founding NFP in 2008, Iva’s articles, videos, guides, and reports have reached over 1.3 million people. Iva has dedicated her professional life to supporting couples on their path to parenthood with scientifically grounded information, protocols, and coaching around preconception care, natural infertility treatments, and integrative reproductive health.